Despite an ever healthier local music scene, Arma is still pretty much the only club we hear about outside Russia (even though it burned down in 2009, and was then forced to close for property developers in 2014, before settling again in its current location last year).
Based in Moscow, it is a truly underground space that its trends both locally and internationally. Not bound by genre, but with a focus on the more discerning end of the spectrum, the large, rugged brick building with high ceilings and church-like windows down each side makes for a religious experience.
Cult acts and electronic experimenters like the Hessle Audio crew and DJs such as Rhadoo, Maayan Nidam, DJ Qu and Morphosis have all played there since reopening and Abdulla Rashim, Samuel Kerridge, Zip, Binh and more are already lined up for the coming months.
Staying strong in the face of diversity and not bowing to global EDM trends, Arma 17 also boasts a killer label with artists like Vakula, dOP and Bruno Pronto so is a true force for good that will offer you a warm welcome no matter how chilly it is outdoors.